+10 for puppies
+5 for opening ensemble number
+5 for the girl in pants wearing a pot on her head and a fake moustache
+5 for Charlie’s falsetto
+10 for the tap dance for Bonnie Jean
+5 for the tree Tommy and Fiona dance with
+2 for the witch/bitch joke
-10 for Harry being a selfish cow
+5 for Fiona’s red dress
+5 for Fiona and Tommy’s kiss
SUBLIME CINEMA #259 - HARVEY
Old time comfort watching, something my girlfriend and I watch every Easter for whatever reason (okay, it features a giant imaginary bunny). It’s James Stewart’s goofiest role, his naive mad vagabond character was weirdly a good fit for him. And it’s an endearing thing to tune into year after year.
Sophia Loren dances the Mambo Italiano in ‘Pane Amore e…’ (1955) Dir. Dino Risi
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
+5 for speakeasy
+10 for drag
+5 for covering for Sugar
+10 for the party in #7
+2 for the “fuzzy side of the lollipop”
+2 for Beanstalk being short
-10 for lying to Sugar
-10 for lying to Osgood
+5 for Sugar and Joe’s kiss
+10 for excellent script
+5 for giving Sugar the bracelet
+5 for Sugar “not being very bright”
+5 for Osgood
Pyewacket was really Kim Novak’s pet cat with the same name.
+5 for the cat, Pyewacket
-5 for entering someone else’s home uninvited
+5 for the intention to make Shep fall in love with her without use of powers
-10 for giving up on that notion and casting a spell anyway
+5 for Pye’s collar bell
+10 for slapping Shep
+10 for confessing the truth
+5 for potion brewing
+5 for parrot
+5 for tears
Roman Holiday (1953)
I love musicals. I love Gene Kelly. This was his favorite of the musicals he’s been in. I have to wonder about Gene Kelly’s taste level or if he’s confusing the enjoyment of making it with how good it actually is. I found myself bored, I constantly found myself ultra annoyed that this girl stayed with one guy and fell in love with another, but still planned to go through with the marriage. She’s clearly an idiot kid. And MEANWHILE, they’ve got Jerry treating the poor heiress like shit. What a dickhead.
And I know it’s a unique idea to have the last 20 minutes simply be a ballet. But I’ll tell you what… it’s a boring as hell ballet and it’s a boring as hell film.
+5 for the contradictions in describing this girl
+5 for “I Got Rhythm”
-5 for bothering Lise
-10 for being rude as hell
+5 for piano tap dance
+10 for Gene Kelly
-5 for “I love you! But I’m planning to marry your friend, actually…”
-10 for Jerry using the heiress
+10 for black and white costume party
+5 for the dancers in the 20-minute ballet
-10 for the 20-minute ballet
-5 for the ending
Ruby Dee, as the sweet natured good girl (dressed in white), and Eartha Kitt, as the mean bad girl (dressed in black), in the movie St. Louis Blues.
The 1958 movie also starred: Nat “King” Cole, Pearl Bailey, Cab Calloway, Mahalia Jackson, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Kim Novak dances with Cary Grant at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival.
Awwww, yis! Donald O’Connor is in this one! He was also Cosmo in Singin’ in the Rain, which is a favorite. I do love Donald O’Connor.
This was Bing Crosby’s last Paramount picture.
I kind of hate Gaby Duval. She’s not nearly as good as Patsy Blair.
What a lovely saying. Too bad the song to follow it is painfully boring.
God, Gaby’s dance interlude is boring and it goes on for-fucking-ever. I will be glad when this movie is over. It’s not one of my favorites, honestly.
+5 for hoke
-5 for lack of communication
+5 for “Life is for to enjoy”
+2 for the small dog on deck
+5 for “It’s De-lovely”
+10 for Donald O’Connor’s dancing
+3 for “Night is the lovers’ blanket”
-7 for “All Through the Night”
-5 for Gaby’s daydream dance sequence
+5 for Ted cheering up the little girl
Ooooh, that’s interesting! The couple’s first kiss is only implied instead of shown.
This movie is getting painfully more boring. I love classics, I love Cary Grant, I love Deborah Kerr, and I’m bored as hell.
The answer? People.
Meet at the top of the Empire State Building… gods, I’d love some sort of romantic gesture like that.
You know? I honestly sort of hope they don’t meet at the top of the Empire State Building. I think that’d be the best. Let it just be a lovely memory.
Wait, did she just get hit by a car?! Well, THAT was unexpected. Excellent!
She’s so fucking stupid. I’m sorry, but she is. This is the dumbest fucking interaction. She should’ve just told him the goddamn truth. I want to punch her in the face.
HIS GRANDMOTHER DIED?! NOOOOOO!!! GODDAMNIT. Fuck this movie. Goddamnit.
+5 for the orange and white dress
+5 for the little tangled up kid
+5 for Lassie-dog
+7 for Nickie’s grandmother
+10 for originality
-15 for the affair
-5 for selling photos without asking the subjects
+5 for the agreement to meet at the top of the Empire State Building
-5 for blowing kisses to your fiancé while the man you love is a few feet away
+10 for the unexpected turn of events
+3 for the children’s choir
-5 for lying
Clint Eastwood, Los Angeles April 1954